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May 2017 Wrap-Up

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May turned out to be a disappointing reading month for me! I wanted to read more than 10 books but I’ve read 8 instead. I’ve been wanting to read so many books but summer classes have started and I was just too busy. Hopefully, next month will turn out better!

 

These are the books I’ve read in May. Below each book is my rating. Click the covers to check out my reviews for each book. Most of these don’t have reviews yet!

ARCs :

                

4 star      4 star       4 star       4 star

Others :

                 

4 star      5 star      3 star        3 star

 

So far, this is what my Goodreads challenge looks like : 

 

Which of these books have you read or added to your TBR pile?  Let me know in the comments below 😀

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My Top 10 Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2017

I don’t know about you guys but I feel like this year has been a fantastic year for YA releases so far, and the remaining couple of months are still packed with more awesome releases! So far, I’ve enjoyed most of what I’ve read. More and more interesting premises keep coming up and I’m just here getting pumped for everything 😀 This list was soooo hard, but I’ve forced myself to stick with just ten books I’m anticipating in the second half of 2017. Here they are:

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BEASTS MADE OF NIGHT by Tochi Onyebuchi                                                                                                 

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life.

A gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy.


WARCROSS  by Marie Lu  

When a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.


27 HOURS by Tristina Wright      

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.


THE CITY OF BRASS by S.A. Chakraborty            

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . .


WILD BEAUTY by Anne-Marie McLemore

Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.


FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie C. Dao

An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.


THE STONE SKY by N.K. Jemisin

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.

For Nassun, her mother’s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

The remarkable conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season.


THE TIGER’S DAUGHTER by K. Arsenault Rivera

Even gods can be slain….

The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach―but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.


THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.


THE NOVEMBER GIRL by Lydia Kang

I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.

Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there’s no one here but me. And now him.

Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I’m half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can’t protect him from the storms coming for us.

 


Do you have any of these books on your TBR list? Tell me which ones you are most excited for. Let me know down below your most anticipated releases from July on 😀

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April 2017 Wrap-up

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I read a total of  8 books this month and I’m a bit disappointed because I was aiming for at least 12. But, overall, it was a great reading month since most of the books I read turned out to be very enjoyable. The first few days were filled with 5-star reads (mostly Sci-Fi for some reason). Again I cheated and snuck in two graphic novels lol. Someone needs to stop me from cheating again…

 

These are the books I’ve read in January and February. Below each book is my rating. Click the covers to add them to Goodreads!

ARCs :

              

5 star      5 star     4 half star     5 star

Others :

            

3 star     4 half star     4 star     

So far, this is what my Goodreads challenge looks like: 

Which of these books have you read or added to your TBR pile?  Let me know in the comments below 😀

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Top Ten Fandoms I’m Part Of

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Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme that is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday : Fandoms

Here are ten fandoms that I’m part of :

1. The Gentleman Bastards

Everyone knows by now just how obsessed I am with this series. If you haven’t read The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, what are you even doing with your life? Like, GO FREAKING READ IT! The gentleman bastards are like my fav crew ever. I mean morally-grey characters, thieves, con-artists and funny banter. What more do you need???

2. Six of Crows

Do I even need to explain how much I love this duology and this author. The Six of Crows crew are #squadgoals. I can’t go a single day without having random thoughts about how much I love these characters. And the ships in this book…It’s SHIPS GALORE.

3. BTS

(If this GIF doesn’t describe them perfectly, nothing will)

Okay, this might come as a surprise to many as I’m not exactly vocal about my love for this Kpop group, but they’re basically my most favorite band (and the only Kpop group I really listen to tbh). I love these boys and I’m obsessed with their music. I have a few mutuals on Twitter who are also BTS stans and I’m just…it’s so perfect when another book blogger/tuber/instagramer/reviewer is equally as obsessed with BTS as I am.

4. Yuri on Ice

How could I not be in this fandom?? There’s A+ quality fanart to gorge in and the anime is just so gorgeous. I can’t even wait for Season 2 (which I’m sure will exist… right??) I miss Yuri and Victor and Yurio and I NEED SEASON 2!

5. Avatar: The Last Airbender

This show will forever be my all-time favorite series. I’m so obsessed with this show that whenever I see even a single picture or GIF related to it, I’m immediately back to craving it and feeling so nostalgic. I’ve seen it like 6 times but I never get enough. Literally talking about right now is making me wanna drop everything and watch it. It’s an addiction I tell you.

6. Shades of Magic

Another YA fantasy fandom. You can’t blame me, YA fantasy is really killing it with these addicting characters. Shades of magic is another series with a bunch of loveable and shipable dorks. I love them all so much, although I adore Holland significantly more than any of the others. Tbh, I’ve rooted for him ever since the beginning, even more so than I did for the main protagonists. The last book recently came out and it’s still a sore topic for me. That last book RUINED ME. 

7. Sherlock

Another favorite TV series. It recently ended and I refuse to accept that they’re done for good; I’m still hoping for another season (or five) although the ending on Season 4 wrapped it up pretty perfectly. I just want more Sherlock and John and Mycroft. Such a fantastic show that I’ll be re-watching soon. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and start watching it now.

8. Shadowhunters

Strictly the books only. I don’t like the TV show, at all. I know many people love it and I really do appreciate a lot of things about the show, but I personally can’t watch it without cringing. These books, though, are gold. I love almost every character introduced to this world and even characters that we are yet to see but are teased about by the author. I love everything about the Shadowhunter world and its characters. I would read 50 more book series if Cassandra decides to write more of this world tbh.

9. The 100

This TV series got a whole lot problematic when the writers killed off Lexa (who was, for me, the best character in the show). It really turned me off to the show and although I don’t enjoy it now as much I used to, I can’t stop watching because I’ve grown to love the characters and I’ve been permanently drawn into the storyline. This show is very addicting.

10. The Song of Achilles

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This is one of my favorite books. I want to cry whenever I think about this book. It took the author 10 years to write it and it really shows. Having seen Patroclus and Achilles through childhood, growing to become friends and then more has me really attached to them and their relationship. The song of achilles broke me, made me a mess but it’ll always be close to my heart. Not to mention the fandom puts out quality fanart ❤

 

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March 2017 Wrap-up

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March has been a fantastic reading month for me! I was aiming for 16 books but I’ve read 13 instead, which is absolutely fine by me. It’s the most amount of books I’ve read in a single month. Although, I did kinda cheat by reading two graphic novels lol, but hey, graphic novels are books too so…

 

These are the books I’ve read in January and February. Below each book is my rating. Click the covers to check out my reviews for each book. Most of these don’t have reviews yet!

ARCs :

                    

4 star            5 star      5 star     4 half star

Others :

                     

3 star     4 star             5 star      

            

5 star             

So far, this is what my Goodreads challenge looks like : 

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  • I didn’t add anything at all to my WIP this month.
  • But I’d been doing some research and trying to figure out the plot, as it tends to be the hardest part for me. 
  • I know I said I’d outline during spring break but that hasn’t happened. 
  • I decided to give the story some time to be more fleshed out, so I won’t be writing it until summer. Hopefully that is enough time for me to figure out where my WIP is going. 

Which of these books have you read or added to your TBR pile?  Let me know in the comments below 😀

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April 2017 TBR

I feel like April is about to be my favorite reading month. I have so many books I’m anticipating that I get to read this month. I have acquired copies of some of my most anticipated releases of the year and I’m just so pumped to get to them. I plan to read 12 books this month and I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to manage it. All the books on my list for April are fiction, most of which are YA but not all, as I very much enjoy Adult fantasy books.  

Here are some of the books that are on my TBR for April 2017: 

(Click on the covers to add on Goodreads)

          

        

  the-hate-u-give  5  goodbye-days  long-way-to-a-small

 

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Newbie Sunday #1 – Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

 

Nigerian-influenced fantasy #OwnVoices

Dark Magic

Sin-beasts: creatures manifested from sin

Sin-eaters : beast slayers indentured by mages

 

 

Author: Tochi Onyebuchi

Publisher: Razorbill

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Published: September 26th 2017

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Packed with dark magic and thrilling action, Beasts Made of a Night is a gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy perfect for fans of Paolo Bacigalupi and Nnedi Okorafor.

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life.

Debut author Tochi Onyebuchi delivers an unforgettable fantasy adventure that powerfully explores the true meaning of justice and guilt.


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March 2017 TBR

      This month, I plan to read a total of 16 books. Yeah, I know…not likely. But I still want to try! This way I can make up for the horrible reading month that was February. Two of the books I’ll be reading are reference books for my writing. I’m excited to get into them but I’m so bad at making myself read non-fiction. I have never finished a single non-fiction book. That’s how bad it is…

(Click on the covers to add on Goodreads)

a-conjuring-of-light  the-hate-u-give  long-way-to-a-small  goodbye-days  frostblood

11  5  12  daughter-of-a-pirate-king  the-edge-of-everything

gilded-cage  hunted  city-of-saints-thieves  wintersong  elements-of-style

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January & February Wrap-up

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I know most people don’t like to keep track of how much they read but I personally like to set a reading goal. It motivates me to read and just gets me so excited! My reading goal for 2017 is to read at least 10 books every month so I can read a total of 120 books by the end of the year. 

  • JanuaryI read 10 books in January, which is my monthly goal. I barely reached 10 books; I finished reading the last book (A list of cages) just before midnight (Yes, I know I could’ve just read it the next day, but I can be stubborn). Most of the books I read during this month were great and it was a great start for the year. I’m so proud of myself for reading ten books since I’ve never read more than 6 in one month! 
  • February: Unfortunately, I wasn’t so lucky in February. I did have time to read if I’m being honest but I wasn’t really feeling it. My blog content was sorely lacking as well and it was overall a messy month for me. I read 5 books, so now I’m slightly behind. 

So far I’ve read 15 books so 105 more to go!

 

These are the books I’ve read in January and February. Below each books is my rating. Click the covers to check out my reviews for each book. Some don’t have reviews yet!

royal-bastards     caraval      the-bear-the-nightingale      7     a-list-of-cages

4 star      3 star      3 star       3 star      5 star

history-is-all-you-left-me      norse-mythology      obelisk-gate     the-sun-is-also-a-star     anansi-boys

5 star      4 star       5 star       4 half star     5 star

tiger-lily      it-ends-with-us      scythe      10     8

4 star      4 star       4 half star       3 half star      5 star

 

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1. New Bookish Features :

  • Newbie Sundays: This will be a new weekly feature posted on Sundays in which I’ll discuss recently-announced book releases and other upcoming books that should be more hyped. So if you want to be constantly updated with new book releases, be on lookout for it.
  • Friday Finds: This is a weekly event hosted by Should be Reading. Starting March 2017, I’ll be talking about books that I’ve recently added to my TBR, usually lesser-known ones. The books might be upcoming or already released.

2. Writing Posts :

I’ve recently decided that I’ll be posting more about writing. These posts will include resources for writing, like online sites that I’ve found useful, reference books that I’ve found and even more personal stuff – as in my writing updates, possibly including snippets and random thoughts.

 

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  • So far I’ve written 10,000 words of my WIP.
  • I’ve mostly been doing research for my setting and watching writing videos for inspiration. 
  • I’ve decided to re-outline during the whole spring break so hopefully, I’ll start writing again in April or earlier.
  • I’ll be having constant updates on this blog starting April or maybe earlier. I might also start sharing snippets. I think that’ll give me the extra motivation to finish a book for once.

What are some of your reading and writing goals for 2017? How are they going so far? Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read any of these books or if you have them on your TBR!! 😀

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Top Ten Graphic Novels on my TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme that is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

This week’s topic is Top Ten favorite graphic novels or graphic novels on my TBR

Here are ten graphic novels that that are currently on my TBR:
 
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1. SAGA, Vol. 1 (Saga, Volume One) by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)

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When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

2. MONSTRESS, Volume 1: Awakening (Monstress (Collected Editions) #1) by Marjorie M. Liu (Goodreads Author) (Writer), Sana Takeda (Artist), Rus Wooton (Letterer, Designer)

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Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.

3. THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Vol. 1: The Faust Act (The Wicked + The Divine #1-5) by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrations), Matt Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles

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Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

4. RUNAWAYS DELUXE, Vol. 1 (Runaways Deluxe #1) by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona (Illustrator), Takeshi Miyazawa (Illustrations)

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In Pride & Joy, six young friends discover their parents are all secretly super-powered villains Finding strength in one another, the shocked teens run away from home and straight into the adventure of their lives – vowing to turn the tables on their evil legacy. In Teenage Wasteland, the Runaways find a kindred spirit in a daring young stranger and welcome him into their fold. But will this dashing young man help the teenagers defeat their villainous parents… or tear them apart? Plus: who do you send to catch a group of missing, runaway teenage super-heroes? Marvel’s original teen runaway crimefighters, Cloak and Dagger, make their first major appearance in years In The Good Die Young, the world as we know it is about to end, and the Runaways are the only hope to prevent it Our fledgling teenage heroes have learned how their parents’ criminal organization began, and now they must decide how it should end. As the Runaways’ epic battle against their evil parents reaches its shocking conclusion, the team’s mole stands revealed, and blood must be shed. Which kids will still be standing when the smoke finally clears?

5. RAT QUEENS, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery (Rat Queens #1) by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Goodreads Author) (Writer), Roc Upchurch (Illustrator)

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Who are the Rat Queens?

A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they’re in the business of killing all god’s creatures for profit.

It’s also a darkly comedic sass-and-sorcery series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

6. GIANT DAYS, Vol. 1 (Giant Days #1-4) by John Allison (Goodreads Author), Lissa Treiman (Illustrator), Whitney Cogar (Colors)

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Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.

7. Ms. MARVEL, Vol. 1: No Normal (Ms. Marvel, Volume III & IV #1) by G. Willow Wilson (Goodreads Author), Adrian Alphona (Artist)

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Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey!

8. ALEX + ADA, Vol. 1 (Alex + Ada #1-5) by Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn

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From JONATHAN LUNA (GIRLS, THE SWORD, ULTRA, Spider-Woman: Origin) and SARAH VAUGHN (Sparkshooter) comes ALEX + ADA, a sci-fi drama set in the near future. The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot.

9. MAXIMUM RIDE, Vol. 1 (Maximum Ride: The Manga #1) by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), NaRae Lee (Illustrator)

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Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it’s like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the “flock”—Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel—are just like ordinary kids—only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time… like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the “School” where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs.

Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare—this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf “Erasers” in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb—now her betrayed and greatest enemy—that her purpose is save the world—but can she?

10. PAPER GIRLS, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls: Collected Editions #1) by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Illustrator), Matthew Wilson (Illustrator)

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In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.